One company will open three wave pools within one year
Main image by Matt Bagwell
Beach Street Development is thick in the mix of pushing both DSRT Surf and HTX online for 2025. The California company will also operate the Wavegarden Cove being built at the Atlantic Park project in Virginia Beach (yes, the Pharrell Williams development.)
Blake Hess is the COO and a Partner at Beach Street and was kind enough to send us a fistful of renders and milestone dates. We discovered that within one year the company will see three wave pools go online. With so much happening within a short span of time we decided to revisit these three developments and share this new information.
If you want more detailed information on the projects, check out our podcast with Blake and get behind-the-scenes insight into the process of running a surf park. Top article image by Matt Bagwell
The HTX Surf project in Northeast Houston will feature a Wavegarden Cove set within 15 acres of surrounding amenities. Houston has a core surf community with most surfers opting to go to the Gulf Coast for the occasional session or driving a few hours to the Waco pool. This wave pool will sit 25 minutes from downtown next door to a 25-acre stocked fishing lake.
“HTX Surf will be located in Generation Park, a forward-thinking master-planned development in Northeast Houston,” the company said. “It is going to make Houston, Texas the go-to surfing and action sport destination in America.”
The company said the development will be anchored by waves that peel the length of two football fields, and be surrounded by international dining options, a pump track, training and wellness facilities, music and event lawns, a leisure pool, beach club, and a membership club.
“We create a relaxed, oceanfront environment that is guaranteed to feature highly on the must-visit lists of surfers and beach enthusiasts. In addition to being a place where friends and family can surf perfect waves both big and small, HTX Surf will literally bring a beautiful beach and resort experience to the center of Houston, Texas.”
Construction Begins – Q1 2024 (Site already cleared)
Making Waves – Q2 2025
Doors Open – Q2/Q3 2025
The DSRT Surf Wavegarden Cove pool will cover 5.5 acres and will have 52 wave-making modules, making it the same size as Praia Da Grama in Brazil. It will be substantially larger than The Wave in Bristol, with 40 modules, as well as both UrbnSurf in Melbourne and Alaia Bay in Switzerland which have 46. DSRT Surf is only bested at the moment by Wave Park, Korea, which counts 56 modules.
The project has been in the thick of the Coachella Valley wave pool scene and cleared its fair share of bureaucratic hurdles.
“There were three Palm Desert City groups that needed to approve this project,” said Doug Sheres, founding partner at Beach Street Development and Desert Wave Ventures in 2022. “The first was The Architectural Review Committee which approved us in the Summer, the second was The Planning Commission which approved us in the Fall, and now this from the City Council which is the final approval granting us entitlements to build the project.”
Doug continued, “[Gaining] entitlement of a surfing lagoon is difficult, and Southern California is maybe the hardest place in the world [to do], hence the nearly 5 years of work to get to this point.”
DSRT Surf‘s footprint will cover 18 acres, and in addition to the pool will include a 92 key 4 diamond hotel and 83 residential units – 50 with lock-offs. Villas fronting the lagoon and golf course will be offered for sale. Other amenities are the two golf courses, pickleball courts, a pump track, restaurant and bars, a beach club, fitness center, and spa.
Construction Begins – Q4 2023
Making Waves – Q1/Q2 2025
Doors Open – Q2 2025
The $325 million Atlantic Park development will cover three city blocks and feature retail and restaurants, offices, apartments and almost 2,000 underground parking spaces and a 3,500-seat live performance venue. At the center of the project will be a Wavegarden Cove surf pool.
The new entertainment site is scheduled to open in 2025. Many projects that feature a wave pool as their hub, open to surfing before completion of the surrounding amenities, as was the case with Wave Park in South Korea.
The project is getting a major push from hometown hero and 10-time Grammy award winner Pharrell Williams.
“In a way, this project started when I was a kid,” said Williams. “When I was riding to work with my grandmother, I was always intrigued by the futuristic facade of the Dome building. It made my young imagination run wild. Today I have the opportunity to bring the Dome back to life in a way that’s so inspiring. We call this vision of the future, The Wave.”
Construction Begins – Spring of 2023
Making Waves – Q3 2024
Doors Open – Q4 2024